Alan Morinis, D.Phil.

Alan Morinis is the founder and Dean of The Mussar Institute and an active interpreter of the teachings and practices of the Mussar tradition, about which he regularly gives lectures and workshops. Alan is largely responsible for the burgeoning engagement with Mussar study and practice that is happening today across the full spectrum of the Jewish world. Born and raised in a culturally Jewish but non-observant home, he studied anthropology at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. For the past seventeen years, the nearly-lost Jewish spiritual discipline of Mussar has been his passion, a journey recorded in the book “Climbing Jacob’s Ladder” (Broadway 2002). His guide to Mussar practice, entitled “Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar,” was published in May 2007. His newest book on Mussar, “With Heart in Mind,” was published in August 2014.


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